from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A condition that must exist or be established before something can occur or be considered; a prerequisite.
- transitive v. To condition, train, or accustom in advance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A requirement which must be satisfied before taking a course of action.
- v. To condition in advance
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A previous or antecedent condition; a preliminary condition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An antecedent condition; a condition requisite in advance; a prerequisite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else
- n. an assumption that is taken for granted
- n. a condition that is a prerequisite
- v. put into the required condition beforehand
A precondition is a policy change that one imposes on another country before even beginning negotiations.
The word precondition has a widely recognized meaning in the context of diplomatic negotiations.
A precondition is a precondition, is a precondition, is a precondition.
An example of a precondition is the Bush Admin's requirement that Iran verifiably suspend their uranium enrichment program.
A precondition is a demand that you make of the other -- of the party going in, just as we're demanding of Iran that they stop, you know, making nuclear fuel.
A precondition is a demand that you make of the other party going in just as we're demanding of Iran that they stop, you know, making nuclear fuel.
The reason for this is that Benghazi's starting point, as a primary precondition is that Gaddafi steps down, while Tripoli's starting point, as a precondition is the refusal to step down.
When the Americans and the rest of the world community confirmed the need for Israel to stop settling in areas earmarked for Palestine, the Israelis considered such a call a precondition for negotiations and refused to extend a 10-month freeze of settlement activities.
Petraeus also warned it would take "a number of years" before Afghan security forces could take over for NATO-led troops, a step U.S. officials have described as a precondition for a complete withdrawal.
Petraeus, who was due to arrive in Kabul within days, also warned it would take "a number of years" before Afghan security forces could take over for NATO-led troops, a step officials have described as a precondition for a complete